Sandi Simons > Harbottle & Lewis LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Harbottle & Lewis LLP
7 Savoy Court

Work Department

Retail and Fashion
Interactive Entertainment
Film and Television


Sandi has been a dispute resolution specialist for over 25 years. She is a Partner and Head of the firm’s Commercial Litigation group and Co-Head of the multi-disciplinary Retail and Fashion group. She undertakes a wide variety of commercial litigation , providing key strategic and commercial advice from the outset of any dispute. Sandi has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of the media and entertainment industry and advises a number of the firm’s retail, fashion, interactive entertainment, music, publishing, theatre, film and television clients.

As well as having wide-ranging experience in taking cases to trial, she also has significant experience in both bringing and defending applications for injunctive relief. She is also experienced in resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.


  • Trained, Cameron McKenna; qualified 1994
  • Partner, Harbottle & Lewis LLP 2005; Head of Litigation 2015


  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers


  • Heathfield School for Girls
  • Haberdasher’s Aske’s School
  • University of Manchester, LLB Hons 2(1)
  • Guildford College of Law, Law Society Finals First Class Honours


Sport (especially football), travel and fashion.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

(Leading individuals)

Sandi SimonsHarbottle & Lewis LLP

An excellent mid-market option‘, Harbottle & Lewis LLP‘s commercial litigation team routinely represents the firm’s core media, technology and entertainment sector clients in major disputes. It also acts for retail and financial sector clients, as well as HNW individuals from the firm’s renowned private capital department. Commercial litigation leader Sandi Simonsgets on top of cases’ details‘; Louis Castellani‘s caseload covers a range of contentious work; Matthew Leverton is ‘a standout litigator‘; and Sofie Hoffman acts in contentious trust and probate claims involving dishonesty allegations. In June 2023, Georgina Long and Lizzie Williams were elevated to managing associate level.

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s retail and fashion practice has a multi-disciplinary offering stretching across both contentious and non-contentious matters. Melanie Benson and Sandi Simons jointly lead the team; the former advises luxury brands and designers on the full range of bricks and mortar property requirements, while the latter helms the contentious side, acting on a broad range of commercial disputes for clients in the sector, with particular expertise in disputes concerning commercial agent regulations.

London > Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure

Harbottle & Lewis LLP‘s ‘capable and confident‘ team works with a range of high-profile corporate clients, including airlines, restaurant chains, and major events promoters. Tim Parker and Sandi Simons jointly chair the cross-disciplinary practice.